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The Habitat for Humanity build at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay continues to take shape. When completed the project will house 12 families. Photo by Yana Dimitrova.
The Habitat for Humanity build at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay continues to take shape. When completed the project will house 12 families. Photo by Yana Dimitrova.
A Remembrance Day ceremony takes place at Thunderbird Memorial Square in Abbotsford on Friday, Nov. 11. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Remembrance Day ceremony in Abbotsford honours veterans

Event on Friday, Nov. 11 at Thunderbird Memorial Square

A Remembrance Day ceremony takes place at Thunderbird Memorial Square in Abbotsford on Friday, Nov. 11. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Children in Costa Rica open their Canadian-packed Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. The boxes for this year’s program can be dropped off in Abbotsford from Nov. 14 to 20. (Submitted photo)

Operation Christmas Child provides drop-off times in Abbotsford

Program delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to kids in struggling countries

Children in Costa Rica open their Canadian-packed Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. The boxes for this year’s program can be dropped off in Abbotsford from Nov. 14 to 20. (Submitted photo)
Chef Jade Berg on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. (HULU photo)

PODCAST.: B.C. chef Jade Berg gets creative on Disney’s ‘Chefs vs. Wild’

TODAY IN B.C.: Foraging in the woods on the Sunshine Coast to create a 5-star meal

Chef Jade Berg on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. (HULU photo)
Recipients of the Community Builders’ Awards are (from left) Louise Burns; Gwen Settle; Thomas McMillan; Tracey Tuin, Carol Conway, Milt Walter and Keith VanDelft of Gateway Community Church; Victoria Kuit and Alison Arends. Missing is Clearway Car and Truck Rentals. (Dale Klippenstein photo)

Archway in Abbotsford recognizes Community Builders and Flood Heroes

Awards presented on Nov. 3 honour five individuals and two organizations

Recipients of the Community Builders’ Awards are (from left) Louise Burns; Gwen Settle; Thomas McMillan; Tracey Tuin, Carol Conway, Milt Walter and Keith VanDelft of Gateway Community Church; Victoria Kuit and Alison Arends. Missing is Clearway Car and Truck Rentals. (Dale Klippenstein photo)
The Vimy Ridge Foundation sends groups of students to Belgium and France to learn more about Canada’s role in the First and Second World Wars, in a fully funded program. Abbotsford’s Prabhpreet Gill has been chosen for the award. (Vimy Ridge Foundation photo)

Abbotsford student to explore France, Belgium with Vimy Foundation

Prabhpreet Gill one of 22 students selected for Vimy Pilgrimage Award

The Vimy Ridge Foundation sends groups of students to Belgium and France to learn more about Canada’s role in the First and Second World Wars, in a fully funded program. Abbotsford’s Prabhpreet Gill has been chosen for the award. (Vimy Ridge Foundation photo)
Abbotsford pastor Walter Wiens has written a book titled Preparing to Cross the Finish Line.

Abbotsford pastor releases book about end-of-life issues and grief

Walter Wiens says funeral planning is ‘healthy extension of life’

Abbotsford pastor Walter Wiens has written a book titled Preparing to Cross the Finish Line.
The West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Marketplace is at TRADEX Friday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 20. Photo contributed

10 reasons you should not miss Western Canada’s leading holiday season show

The West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Marketplace is at Tradex in Abbotsford Nov. 18 to 20

  • Nov 7, 2022
The West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Marketplace is at TRADEX Friday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 20. Photo contributed
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise money towards plumbing repairs and a new furnace at Straiton Community Hall in Abbotsford.

Online fundraiser hopes to raise $15K to save Abbotsford hall

Straiton Community Hall needs plumbing repairs and a new furnace

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise money towards plumbing repairs and a new furnace at Straiton Community Hall in Abbotsford.
Dr. Reka Gustafson. (file photo)
Dr. Reka Gustafson. (file photo)
Bennett Goetrzen has created a newspaper carrier system he calls the Newser Cruiser that keeps his routes dry for his customers, and gets his Abbotsford News paper route done quicker. (Submitted photo)

Young Abbotsford News carrier creates Newser Cruiser to improve delivery

New way to transport newspapers is easier and keeps them safe from Abbotsford’s wet and windy weather

Bennett Goetrzen has created a newspaper carrier system he calls the Newser Cruiser that keeps his routes dry for his customers, and gets his Abbotsford News paper route done quicker. (Submitted photo)
Members of the Sto:lo community bring in a house post to All-Saints Anglican Church in Agassiz on Sunday, Oct. 30. (Adam Louis/Observer)

PHOTOS: Sto:lo community presents Agassiz church with house post

House post symbolizes friendship, respect between church, First Nations community

Members of the Sto:lo community bring in a house post to All-Saints Anglican Church in Agassiz on Sunday, Oct. 30. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Beginning Dec. 14 for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland residents, this 61-week diploma will equip you with the academic background, applied skills and specialized knowledge needed to succeed in the fields of justice, security, and community safety. Stock photo

Get the skills to be a Justice and Community Safety Leadership Professional in as little as 61 weeks

Program starts on Dec. 14 for Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island residents

  • Oct 31, 2022
Beginning Dec. 14 for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland residents, this 61-week diploma will equip you with the academic background, applied skills and specialized knowledge needed to succeed in the fields of justice, security, and community safety. Stock photo
The after-school hours can be difficult for younger kids who don’t attend an after-school program. The United Way BC School’s Out program was designed to meet this need.

United Way BC helps families thrive through after-school programming

Imagine you’re six years old. Grade one! You love your teacher and…

  • Oct 31, 2022
The after-school hours can be difficult for younger kids who don’t attend an after-school program. The United Way BC School’s Out program was designed to meet this need.
Alicia Santella posed with Hazel, who has been in the care of Langley Animal Protection Services since 2021, and has been one of the canine participants in the Doghouse program at the Fraser Valley Institution in Abbotsford. (Frank Bucholtz/Special to The Star)

Wet noses work their magic on inmates

Langley Animal Protection Society prison dog program plays key role in rehabilitation

  • Oct 31, 2022
Alicia Santella posed with Hazel, who has been in the care of Langley Animal Protection Services since 2021, and has been one of the canine participants in the Doghouse program at the Fraser Valley Institution in Abbotsford. (Frank Bucholtz/Special to The Star)
Do you know the correct name for these carved pumpkins? (Pixaby)

QUIZ: How much do you really know about Halloween?

Oct 31 is a time for candy, costumes and scary movies

Do you know the correct name for these carved pumpkins? (Pixaby)
Terry Peressini, chair of the Jamboree, Pat Daws, president of the Fraser Valley branch of Power Pioneers, Chantelle Bowles of Canuck Place Dave Lede House, and Rob Kikkert, provincial president of BC Hydro Power Pioneers. (Photo by Ray Dawes)

BC Hydro Power Pioneers donate to Abbotsford’s Dave Lede House

Group raised funds through event held in Harrison Hot Springs

Terry Peressini, chair of the Jamboree, Pat Daws, president of the Fraser Valley branch of Power Pioneers, Chantelle Bowles of Canuck Place Dave Lede House, and Rob Kikkert, provincial president of BC Hydro Power Pioneers. (Photo by Ray Dawes)
The 22nd annual Crystal Gala fundraiser was held Saturday at Tradex in Abbotsford, raising money for breast cancer health. The sold-out event featured a Spanish theme. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Crystal Gala in Abbotsford raises $475K for breast health

22nd annual sold-out event was held Saturday at Tradex

The 22nd annual Crystal Gala fundraiser was held Saturday at Tradex in Abbotsford, raising money for breast cancer health. The sold-out event featured a Spanish theme. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
The UFV Flood Stories project invites art, writing and spoken submissions about the impact of last year’s floods. The photo shows the area of Marion and Campbell roads on Sumas Prairie in east Abbotsford on Nov. 22, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Art and writing invited as part of UFV Flood Stories project

Submissions accepted until Nov. 4 for Expressive Arts Contest

The UFV Flood Stories project invites art, writing and spoken submissions about the impact of last year’s floods. The photo shows the area of Marion and Campbell roads on Sumas Prairie in east Abbotsford on Nov. 22, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Abbotsford resident Cam Massey was checking his overnight video surveillance footage on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 26 when he came across a clip of a bear making off with a pumpkin in the townhouse complex where he lives. (Screenshot from video)

VIDEO: Camera captures pumpkin-stealing bear in Abbotsford

Thief rolls its find through townhouse complex and then abandons it

Abbotsford resident Cam Massey was checking his overnight video surveillance footage on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 26 when he came across a clip of a bear making off with a pumpkin in the townhouse complex where he lives. (Screenshot from video)